Customers pay higher prices to be part of pot history



Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 6:46 PM

Would you pay more to be part of Wash. history?

SPOKANE, Wash.--  Customers had various reasons for lining-up at Spokane’s first legal recreational marijuana store Tuesday, but most agreed they wanted to be part of the experience.

Many of the customers at Green Leaf on Country Homes Boulevard admitted to smoking pot for cheaper prices before it became legal, but they were still willing to pay $25 for a gram on Tuesday. 

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One customer grabbed his spot in line the night prior.  Mike Boyer said he camped out because he wanted to be the first.

“I decided I needed to be the first guy in Spokane to buy pot legally,” Boyer said. “You can’t take that away from me; I’ll have that for life.”

Boyer knew exactly what he wanted to buy as soon as the doors opened.  He bought two grams of marijuana for $50. Boyer said it was more expensive than what he would have paid on the streets, but worth it for the quality.

"It wasn't worth the dollars but we can work on that,” he said. “I got the title first guy in Spokane and you're not going to beat that."

The pot at Green Leaf was a long awaited medical treatment for another man.

“The reason I’m going to smoke it is because I have cancer and I just don’t want to get a medical card right now,” he said. 

The last time he smoked pot was in 1978 and he refused to smoke it again until it became legal.  He said all of his friends who pushed for the Initiative-502 had since passed away.  He was waiting in line for them.